"Have a Fresh New Year". That's what Carl down at the Annex said when we picked up these new arrivals: Costa Rica Finca Bella Vista, El Salvador Finca La Montanita Bourbon, Kenya Kirinyaga Kiunyu Peaberry, Kenya Muranga Kangunu Peaberry, and Espresso Workshop #21 -The Satpura Fold. We will be closed for inventory tomorrow (Friday) and Monday, but don't let that stop you from ordering these great new arrivals. Costa Rica Finca Bella Vista has striking brightness, rindy citrus and quince fruit. El Salvador Finca La Montanita Bourbon has a lush and bright profile that works at a wide range of roast levels. Kenya Kids look out, two Peaberry lots in limited supply: Kenya Kirinyaga Kiunyu Peaberry with honeysuckle notes and delicate acidity and Kenya Muranga Kangunu Peaberry with cherry, pineapple notes, and tangerine acidity. Finally, Espresso Workshop #21 -The Satpura Fold is a unique new blend with bold brightness, Muscovado sugar, layers of chocolate and winey fruit. Happy New Year indeed.
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We wish all of you the merriest of Holiday Seasons with the amazing Rwanda Kibuye Gitesi. We are officially beginning our Christmas break and will be closed for the next three business days (Thursday, Friday, and Monday). But fret not, fill your virtual shopping carts up with our newest offering Rwanda Kibuye Gitesi, an outstanding cup that is both delicate and complete. This lot works at a wide roast range but really shines when kept on the lighter side. Next week will be a short week and we will pack as many orders as we can but, alas, we will not be able to offer our normal speedy turnaround until the first week or two of 2012. Thank you all for your patronage!
So our annual calendar is off to the press and we should have them ready to ship in a few days. Please prepare yourself for a calendar very different from our previous dog calendars. Mondo Coffee 2012 promises to be filled with sarcasm, inside jokes, oddness and crazy holidays. Click here to preview a few of the images from the calendar and sign up to get notified when they are in stock.
Two coffees that ought to be crowd pleasers, if not super familiar names: Papua New Guinea Baroida Estate, a unique estate coffee from the Eastern Highlands of PNG. Sweet and lushly fruited in both aromatics and cup flavors, spice accents, red apple, orange peel, syrupy light body. Roasted to a (light) Full City. We suggest you try this coffee along with our other roasted coffee offering, India Poabs Organic Seethargundu Estate , a complex and surprisingly bright coffee, mild at first but intensifies greatly as it cools. It falls between the clean brightness of a washed Central and the rustic flavors and body of an Indo coffee. Roasted to Full City. Both are very accessible coffees and a bit darker perhaps than we normally roast - which makes them a bit more accessible. And for our roasted espresso offerings - we have the same India Poabs Organic Seethargundu Estate roasted a bit darker for a single origin espresso, and our Sweet Maria's Espresso Monkey blend. Roasted on 12/13/2011
El Salvador Finca Kilimanjaro 2 Lb Set, Colombia Tolima Small Farmer Set, 5 Micro Lots, Espresso Workshop #20 - Gneiss Shot. Today we are adding some very special sets of coffee. El Salvador Finca Kilimanjaro 2 Lb Set is a great chance to see how process affects cup flavor in a high quality lot. One pound is the way you've come to enjoy Finca Kilimanajaro lots, traditional wet process (TWP). The second pound utilizes a different "Kenya-process" (KP) and produces a bit more floral aroma in the cup and subtle changes to the flavor profile of ripe fruit and intense caramel sweetness. Which one do you like better? Let us know via the forum. Colombia Tolima Small Farmer Set, 5 Micro Lots is something we've been wanting to do for a long time; present 5 lots of coffee from the same region but, carefully grown by different farmers. All of these are outstanding coffees that score above 88 points and have nuanced differences within the framework of what we've come to expect from Tolima lots: winey fruit, spicey hints, syrupy body, and golden raisin sweetness. Which farmer's lot do you like best? Finally, Espresso Workshop #20 - Gneiss Shot is a bright shot that excels at roast levels as light as City+ with tangerine acidity, semi-sweet chocolate, and caramelized sugar.